Scripture: 2 Peter 3:11-18
Key verse: (14) Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish.
Reflection: Waiting! Sometimes I am prepared for waiting. I take a book along with me to the doctor’s office so I can read while I sit in the waiting area. I take my laptop with me when I take the car for service so I can work while I’m there. But sometimes I’m not prepared to wait and I am not peaceful about it!
We are in the season of Advent. Children must wait for Santa to come, and they must wait to open their gifts. That is hard waiting! As adults, we wait for company to arrive from out-of-town, we wait for dinner to be ready, we wait to hear from the doctor about a test result. In this season, we are called to wait for the coming of Jesus Christ. We know Jesus was born over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem but we wait for Jesus to come again.
When Jesus comes, how will we be found? At peace, without spot or blemish? Or in turmoil, soiled and messy? The second letter of Peter calls us to wait for the coming of God with faithfulness. Let’s use this Advent season to prepare ourselves for spiritual waiting. Take steps to be a peacemaker, reaching out to reconcile with someone you know or writing a letter to an elected official about an issue that matters to you. Commit your time to the spiritual disciplines of prayer and Bible study that can bring a peace to the hectic pace of the season. Examine your Christmas wish list and your shopping list and reorder your priorities to reflect your faith. Give generously to those who are the least of these in our community.
“We wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.” (2 Peter 3:13)
Prayer: “O Lord, how shall I meet you, how welcome you aright?
Your people long to great you, my hope, my heart’s delight!
O kindle, Lord most holy, a lamp within my breast,
To do in spirit lowly all that may please you best.” Amen.
(first verse of the hymn “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”)
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].